Trekking in the Himalayan ranges is always considered as a best place to enjoy the holidays. Himachal Pradesh is blessed with Pin Parvati pass having amazing view of natural scenic beauty in the icy mountain ranges of western Himalaya. Pin valley trek is located at an elevation of 5319 meter high which delights to seasoned trekkers. The best season for is in ideal summer peak i.e. the month of July to September end. Trekking to Pin Parvati Pass is a best summer break from dazzling heat which will surely convince the adventure lover and trekkers.
Day 01: Delhi to Manali (540Kms/12-13hrs)
Day 02: Manali Day at leisure.
Day 03: Manali to Khirganga(2850m) via Manikaran & Barsheni. (Drive/60Kms/4Hrs) (Trek/12Kms/4-5Hrs)
Day 04: Khirganga to Tunda Bhuj (3285m) (Trek/12Kms/5-6Hrs)
Day 05: Tunda Bhuj to Thakur Kuan (3550m) (Trek/12Kms/5-6Hrs)
Day 06: Thakur Kuan to Odi Thach (3700m) (Trek/9Kms/4-5Hrs)
Day 07: Odi Thach to Mantalai Lake (4114m) (Trek/11Kms/5-6Hrs)
Day 08: Mantalai Lake to Base I of Pin Parvati Pass(4450m) (Trek/13Kms/7-8Hrs)
Day 09: Pin Parvati Pass Base I to Pin Base II(4140m) via Pin Parvati Pass (5300m) (Trek/13Kms/7-8Hrs)
Day 10: Pin Parvati Pass Base II to Wichkurung Thach (3700m) (Trek/10Kms/5-6Hrs)
Day 11: Wichkurung Thach to Mud (3650m) (Trek/10Kms/5-6Hrs)
Day 12: Mud Vilage to Kaza (3800m) (Drive/10Kms/4Hrs)
Day 13: Kaza to Manali (2050m) (Drive/200Kms/8-9Hrs)
Day 14: Manali to Delhi (2050m) (Drive/540Kms/12-13Hrs)
Day 15: Delhi
Delhi to Manali (540Kms/12-13hrs)
Arrive at IGI Airport (New Delhi) In the evening drive to Manali by AC Volvo coach (Overnight journey).
Manali Day at leisure.
Arrive Manali by morning. On arrival transfer to hotel and relax. At leisure visit Hadimba Devi Temple, Old Manali and Tibetan Monastery. Overnight stay in the hotel.
Manali to Khirganga(2850m) via Manikaran & Barsheni. (Drive/60Kms/4Hrs) (Trek/12Kms/4-5Hrs)
After early breakfast checkout and drive to Barsheni via Manikaran, the starting point of the trek and from here the trek goes to Khirganga. Trek goes through the beautiful forests and meadows, with the Parvati river flowing on your right. Khirganga is a place with beautiful meadow with sulphur springs and a few eatries. Overnight at Khirganga in tents.
Khirganga to Tunda Bhuj (3285m) (Trek/12Kms/5-6Hrs)
After breakfast Today’s trek will start for Tunda-Bhuj which is a gradual ascent through the pines and form there you can view the Parvati River coming down from mountains. You will be ascending through a unhurried trek that will take you through scenic meadows, stream and temporary bridge. On this journey, you can also witness the attractive beauty of the Parvati River and several species of birds. Finally after trekking for around 6 hours, you will reach the Tunda Bhuj campsite. Relax and overnight in camp.
Tunda Bhuj to Thakur Kuan (3550m) (Trek/12Kms/5-6Hrs)
After having breakfast and packed lunch we will continue our journey and Thakur Kuan. As walking down you will reach to grazing land through cloudy mixed jungle with abundance of lovely flowers and Greenery Island. The landscape view of Tunda Bhuj is very easy but the distance is some tough as the bridge is very long & and time consuming to cross. Crossing the bridge to the side of the stream take time to follow up the peak. Finally, after crossing the Pandu Bridge and continuing the hike towards Parvati River, you will arrive at the Thakur Kuan campsite by evening. Dinner and overnight stay in the camp.
Thakur Kuan to Odi Thach (3700m) (Trek/9Kms/4-5Hrs)
Today is going to be the most electrifying day. Todays Campsite will be Odi Thach. Well it’s not Odi Thach but the two bridges that needs to be crossed today that makes the day special. The trail begins with a smooth climb and then rises steeply before you reach the first bridge. Once you go down to the stream there is a huge boulder which act as a bridge, Pandav Pul-1 for this stream. Once you cross over to other side of this stream and thinks that the adventure is over you will interview another 20 feet boulder which is on Parvati river and this will be the second bridge, Pandav Pul-2. After crossing the bridges path is a straight walk till Odi Thatch. Now we begin to notice the change in the landscape. From the lush green forests and meadows we now enter into mountains, glaciers and hills., that are the source of River Parvati. Overnight in camps at Odi Thach.
Odi Thach to Mantalai Lake (4114m) (Trek/11Kms/5-6Hrs)
After hot breakfast start your trek to Mantalai. The trek up to Mantalai Lake is a steady climb. Once you reach at the lake, you can see the Mantalai Glacier, which is the source of the river Parvati. The trail follows the high altitude wetland along the narrow Parvati River. The beautiful Mantalai Range with high peaks ranging above 5000 meters opens up along the trail. Some neighbouring large rocks and glaciers are also visible. The walk ends beside Mantalai Lake which is a small glacial lake formed by the hills. This is one of the most beautiful camp site one has ever seen. Overnight dinner and stay in tents.
Mantalai Lake to Base I of Pin Parvati Pass(4450m) (Trek/13Kms/7-8Hrs)
Take an early start after early breakfast as we leave Mantalai Lake before the sun might just be rising over the mountains. Today’s walk is a slightly difficult and a tiring one. There is a muddy steep section to begin with The trek goes through boulders and glaciers. There is a big stream that comes on the way known as Kala Khornalla, which is needed to cross carefully also its advisable that it gets crossed before 10 AM, when the flow is minimum. Once out of this area we will climb through a steep terrain. The irregular trail is quite a steep climb over rocky ice patches. Climb during this section is pretty steep and hence require patience. But once you climb higher, the watchful eye of the entire Parvati Valley that it provides, is fantastic and worth all the effort. We will then start with the descend till Parvati side base camp. Landscape around the campsite is beautiful with glaciers, snow fields, moraines and the sounds of an avalanche. We will sleep very early today I order of an early start tomorrow. Overnight in tents.
Pin Parvati Pass Base I to Pin Base II(4140m) via Pin Parvati Pass (5300m) (Trek/13Kms/7-8Hrs)
Today the weather and track conditions will decide the time we start trekking but it’s going to be an early morning depart for sure, between 3-5AM. The walk is in all no doubt going to be totally on snow. The trail crosses a stream and continues a steep climb uphill. The amount of snow depends on the weather condition and the season. Peaks like South Parvati and Ganesh could be seen just before reaching the Pass. After almost 3 hours of walk over boulder spread snow fields, the most desired Pin Parvati Pass is reached finally. The top of the pass has a small temple, one can view the Pir Panjal range of the Western Himalaya and the Spiti and Pin Valley Mountain. Views from here are completely mind-blowing and amazing. From the pass the trail now descends over snow and ice and covered crevasses followed by boulders and other remains. The government of India has declared this part a National Park. It is famous for Ibex, Snow Leopard and Musk Deer. After another river crossing we reach the campsite and relax. Enjoy a hot cup of soup along with various memories around. Overnight in tents.
Pin Parvati Pass Base II to Wichkurung Thach (3700m) (Trek/10Kms/5-6Hrs)
Today we have to reach Wichkurung Thach our second last campsite for the trip. The day starts with a glacial river crossing. Afterwards way descends down sharply for around 3Km. The trail is not really determined from here, so you just need to stay on the left of the valley. The footprint gets enhanced as you will continue from end to end to Pin Parvati Valley. The trail moves through meadows and high glaciers till the little Buddhist Town. There in path you can see the lovely and different type of flowers which can be seen all along the way, makes the touching view with very pretty sight. After passing the side flow you will reach a peak where one can find the trek to Rampur pass and reach the Wichkurung Thach. The place covered with long pampas and thick forest. Set camp in a beautiful meadow. Overnight dinner and stay in tents.
Wichkurung Thach to Mud (3650m) (Trek/10Kms/5-6Hrs)
After taking a good night rest and hot breakfast, will start for next destination to Mud Village which will take about 5 to 6 hrs. The trail is better defined from here but is bit tough as all over you will find big and bulky rocks. All the way through scenery with amazing diversity of color that reflects on the mountains, we reach the first village Mud in Pin Valley. This is where our vehicles would meet us for tomorrow’s journey to Kaza. Camp here for overnight stay and dinner.
Mud Vilage to Kaza (3800m) (Drive/10Kms/4Hrs)
After breakfast leave for Kaza. Walk through the rough road up to Gulling with the nice view of the local villages and a barren land of the “middle country”. A jeep will be waiting at Gulling and drive same day to Kaza. En route visit Dhankar Monastery and once reached at Kaza visit- Ki Monastery, Fine murals and a valuable collection of Kangyur (ancient Buddhist texts) are its attractions. You can also visit the village of Kibber, one of the highest inhabited villages in the world. Settled on a vast stretch of land and surrounded by mountains of limestone rocks, the view from here is truly breath taking. Overnight stay in Hotel in Kaza.
Kaza to Manali (2050m) (Drive/200Kms/8-9Hrs)
After breakfast check out and drive to Manali. The drive is long, the distance is not very long but the terrain makes it difficult. From Rohtang pass, you find a change from the barren landscape of Spiti to lush green valley of Manali. Reach Manali by evening. Check into hotel, Overnight dinner and stay in hotel.
Manali to Delhi (2050m) (Drive/540Kms/12-13Hrs)
The day at leisure in Manali. In the evening drive to Delhi by AC Volvo coach. Overnight journey to Delhi.
Arrive Delhi by morning. On arrival transfer to hotel for relax. In the evening drive to IGI International airport to catch onwards flight.
Parvati valley is located in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh . This trek was discovered by Louis Dane in 1884. The Pin Parvati Pass provides easy entry to the Spiti valley from Kullu valley. In short the pass links the Parvathi valley in Kullu and the Pin valley in Spiti. Pin Parvati Pass is one of the most picturesque treks in the Himalayas.
Rudra-Nag, the serpent shaped waterfall, the pine forests of Khirganga where Lord Shiva is said to have meditated, the rock formation of Pandu Pul and the Pin-Parvati Pass (5400 m) are some of the popular tourist attractions. The Pin Valley National Park is another tourist attraction and is known for its resident wildlife population including the snow leopard.
A favorite spot among young Israelis, Kasol, which has earned the name of Mini Israel in Himachal Pradesh, is also situated in the Parvati Valley.
The trail is through lush green forests, wide open meadows, uncountable waterfalls, and a high altitude lake which brings you face to face with Parvati glacier. Very few treks give you a chance to walk on a glacier, Pin Parvati trek is one of them. The crossover to the contrasting Pin Valley in Spiti adds a cultural spin to the trek making it even more attractive. The best time to go for Pin Parvati trek is post monsoon between the months of August and September. It is a challenging trek that requires a great deal of stamina and excellent trekking skills and therefore is not recommended for beginners.